Monthly Favorites // April

Is it really the last day of April? 
This past month seemed to fly by!
But I’m definitely excited for May and warmer temps – actually the weather here in Portland tomorrow is supposed to be 89 degrees which is just crazy! This week is actually a little crazy for me (in a good way!) because my family is in town, but I thought I’d go ahead and share a few things that I’ve been loving the past month (just like I did last month). This is a (really) random list of stuff, but I always getting a kick out of reading these types of posts, so hopefully you’ll enjoy it! 

My new Ray-Bans
I’d been eyeing these blue mirrored Ray-Bans for awhile now, but they’re on sale at Nordstrom and so I couldn’t resist! I just think they’re really fun and I’m looking forward to wearing them all spring/summer.

The Mindy Project 
So happy this show is back on! It’s seriously my favorite and always makes me laugh. The whole Mindy/Danny thing is kind of irritating, but it wouldn’t be a good TV show if they didn’t break them up and then toy with our emotions, now would it?

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MAC Fix+ and MAC Studio Sculpt Lash
So I do have a couple makeup posts coming up in May that I’m really excited to share, but I’ve really been loving these two items this month and so I couldn’t do my favorites list without sharing them. I’ve never been a big MAC makeup person (I’m typically more of a Sephora gal) but lately, I’ve been getting into MAC products…I think as a result of the YouTube makeup tutorials I’ve been watching! I use the Fix + to spray my eye shadow brush before applying any sort of shimmery/metallic shadow to my lid. Not only does it help prevent fallout and make the eye shadow much more vibrant, but I’ve found it helps it stay on longer as well! As for the mascara, I’m usually a drugstore mascara fan but I was really intrigued by this Studio Sculpt Lash mascara because it has a very unique comb applicator. It’s a little weird at first and I don’t think it would be everyone’s cup of tea, but now that I’m getting the hang of it, I am loving how it makes my lashes look!

Easter Candy

Ok, so this is actually one thing I’m excited about this month being over because I need this stuff out of my life. The amount of Easter candy I’m consumed over the past month is a little out of control, but I seriously can’t resist it! My all-time favorite is still Cadbury Creme Eggs, but I also love the Cadbury Mini Eggs, jelly beans, Peeps, and pastel M&Ms (and obviously anything white chocolate). One candy I tried and didn’t love though? These Swedish Fish Jelly Beans. I loveeee Swedish Fish, so that’s why I bought them and they do taste just like Swedish Fish. However, they are just so ridiculously sweet that I literally couldn’t even eat them and ended up throwing the bag out…and considering I typically love things that are disgustingly sweet, that’s really saying something.
This is something I’ve posted about on my blog before, but I wanted to give it another shoutout because I feel like a lot of people have never heard of it and I feel like everyone should know about it! The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an annual film competition put on by the Banff Centre in Alberta and I believe the only requirement is the films have to have some sort of mountain content in them. The films vary from as short as a few minutes to much longer features and they often showcase extreme sports in some of very remote locales. They then take the best films take them on tour around the world, and they come to cities all over the US (typically between the months of February and April). Cameron and I have gone every single year since before we were married and we’ve seen the film festival in Ann Arbor, MI, Greenville, SC, South Lake Tahoe, CA, Reno, NV, and now Portland, OR. There are usually about 35 films that go on tour, but it’s up to each individual city that hosts the festival to choose which films they’d like to show at their location (typically about 10 short films). When we were in Tahoe, there were a lot more skiing films whereas here in Portland, there were much more human interest type films shown, which I really enjoyed. My favorite of the bunch we saw this year was called Keeper of the Mountains; it profiled this amazing 90 year old lady who lives in Kathmandu and has interviewed everyone that’s climbed Everest for the past 60 years. I thought it was such an interesting story, plus she was a University of Michigan grad! You can watch a promo of the film here:



And to prove that I haven’t just been eating candy this month, I thought I should throw in that I’ve been loving clementines this month…random, I know. They kind of make me feel like a 5 year old, but their just so darn convenient for a snack or throwing in your purse. Plus, they’re just so cute!

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I have posted about these before I think, but earlier this month I picked up their Coffee & Tea Flask in pink to match my water bottle, and I’ve been using them both every day! The water bottle keeps water cold all day, and the coffee cup literally keeps my coffee hot for hours. They’re the best!

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NYX Butter Lipstick in ‘Cotton Candy’ + NYX Butter Gloss in Cherry Cheese Cake
Earlier this month, I posted about my obsession with NYX Butter Glosses but said I wasn’t too crazy about the Butter Lipstick I bought. The shade of the lipstick I got is super light on my lips (even though it doesn’t look like it would be in the tube) and so I needed something to make it more wearable. One day I tried topping it with my bright orange Butter gloss and the two make the prettiest combination! It’s a very wearable salmon coral that’s perfect for spring, and it’s been my go-to lip look lately.

About a Boy

I wasn’t sure about this show at first, but I feel like it’s kind of hitting it’s stride? Only time will tell if it’s a flash in the pan or not, but I think it’s kind of cute ad I’ve been enjoying it lately.

When Yumvelope reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in trying out one of their snack boxes, I was intrigued by the concept. I love getting mail and I really like the idea of getting to try some fun snacks that you might not normally buy, and so I said I’d be up for checking it out. I was really pleased when I received by cute box in the mail as it contained some awesome snack items!

My two favorite items in the box were the mini chocolate bars and (surprisingly) the sprouted spelt sourdough crackers. When I saw the crackers I thought they seemed kind of boring, but they were actually really really good! I think this is a really fun idea and a great way to have some healthy snacks on hand. And the best part is that the awesome folks at Yumvelope were nice enough to give me a discount code to share with all of you! If you’re interested in trying it, be sure to enter EVE892 at checkout – this will get you $5 off + a free bonus snack! Definitely a great deal!

So there you have it, that’s what I’ve been loving this month!
Looking forward to May 🙂

(In the spirit of full disclosure, the lovely Yumvelope box was provided to me by the company, but the opinions shared are my own. However, the rest of the items in this post are not sponsored in any way and they don’t even contain affiliate links. Mainly because I haven’t bothered to take the time to set all that stuff up. Whoops.)